Why international partnerships in the education sector

Professor Talal Yusaf1

1University Of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba , Australia

International partnership models have become widely popular due to their ability to overcome logistical issues while quality education is maintained. This can be noted in Higher Education, TAFE and tertiary education. Partnerships take different forms, including Transnational Education, Curriculum Licensing, Franchising Programs, Mobility and Student Exchange.  As with any arrangement, these models come with advantages and disadvantages.

Many Australian universities and schools have forged a reputation for international cooperation, and Australia is no exception. For example, University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has engaged in international education since the mid 1980 through offshore supply of distance education. Such partnerships have benefited both the university and partners in many ways, including providing world class distance education to international students from the comfort of their home countries, internationalisation of the curriculum and contribution to producing responsible and qualified world citizens. However, building and maintaining this reputation is not without its challenges.

It is essential to ensure that partnership arrangements are quality assured by the relevant regulatory bodies, internationally recognised and that a supportive environment is provided to facilitate interaction between academic, support staff and students. While the higher education sector is considerably different form elementary and VET education there are challenges facing each sector, which will be addressed in this work.


Professor Talal Yusaf is the Executive Director (International and Development) and Professor in the the University of Southern Queensland. His portfolio includes the International division of the university which encompasses International student recruitment and admission, International partnership and international research.

Professor Yusaf caries two PhD, 1 Biotechnology (USQ 2011) and Ph2 (UKM).Prof Yusaf graduated 22 PhD students in the area of Renewable Energy and Educations.  Prof Yusaf has published more than 200 international journals and conference papers, and produced 10 books. He is also Associate Editor of four International Journals.

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